Deutsche Bank reports first quarter 2015 net income of EUR 559 million

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The FINANCIAL — Deutsche Bank on April 26 reported results for 1Q2015. Group net revenues rose 24% from the prior year, to EUR 10.4 billion with noninterest expenses 34% higher at EUR 8.7 billion. Income before income taxes was EUR 1.5 billion in 1Q2015, compared to EUR 1.7 billion in 1Q2014. The current quarter includes litigation costs of EUR 1.5 billion.

Jürgen Fitschen and Anshu Jain, Co-Chief Executive Officers, said: “In the first quarter 2015, revenues were close to record levels, reflecting the strength of our franchise across all our core businesses. Profits were impacted by litigation expenses of EUR 1.5 billion, primarily reflecting the bank’s definitive settlement with US and UK authorities relating to interbank offered rates (IBOR) and bank levy charges of EUR 561 million.”

They continued: “Core Bank adjusted IBIT of EUR 3.5 billion was the best since we launched Strategy 2015+ in 2012, reflecting both revenue strength and discipline in our adjusted cost base. In CB&S, Debt Sales & Trading revenues were the best since eight quarters and Equity Sales & Trading revenues the best since 2008, driven by strong client activity, robust markets and a normalization of market volatility after recent historic lows. Both PBC and GTB overcame the challenge of persistent low interest rates to achieve near record quarterly profits. Deutsche AWM grew revenues significantly, increased pre-tax profits by 75% year-on-year, and attracted EUR 17 billion of net new money inflows.” 

They concluded: “These results provide a snapshot of a Deutsche Bank which is much stronger than when we began our journey in 2012.  We have delivered robust operating performance despite tight resource discipline and significant investments in regulatory compliance.  We have significantly strengthened our capital position.  We embark on the next phase of our strategy from a position of strength.”

Group net revenues in 1Q2015 increased by 24%, or EUR 2.0 billion to EUR 10.4 billion compared to EUR 8.4 billion in 1Q2014, supported by favourable foreign exchange movements. Revenue growth versus the prior year first quarter was principally driven by the 15% (EUR 612 million) growth in CB&S and 29% (EUR 314 million) growth in Deutsche AWM. In NCOU, revenues of EUR 336 million were up EUR 273 million versus 1Q2014 reflecting a specific litigation recovery and ongoing de-risking gains, according to Deutsche Bank.

Provision for credit losses were EUR 218 million in 1Q2015, a decrease of EUR 28 million, or 12%, compared to last year first quarter, mainly driven by lower provisions for IAS 39 reclassified assets in NCOU, which was partly offset by an increase in CB&S due to higher provisions in the shipping portfolio.

Noninterest expenses were EUR 8.7 billion in 1Q2015, up EUR 2.2 billion, or 34%, compared to 1Q2014, mainly driven by higher litigation costs, foreign exchange movements and costs for bank levy. Litigation costs were EUR 1.5 billion in 1Q2015. Costs for bank levy increased by EUR 527 million versus 1Q2014 reflecting both the increase in size and the recognition of the full year impact of the levy in the first quarter. Noninterest expenses were also impacted by higher regulatory induced expenses.

Group income before income taxes was EUR 1.5 billion in 1Q2015 versus EUR 1.7 billion in 1Q2014 increases in noninterest expenses, mainly from litigation provisions, partly offset by a favorable revenue development and lower provision for credit losses..

Net income for 1Q2015 was EUR 559 million, compared to EUR 1.1 billion in the prior year. Income tax expense in 1Q2015 was EUR 920 million versus EUR 577 million in the prior year quarter. The effective tax rate in the current quarter of 62% was mainly impacted by non tax deductible litigation costs. The effective tax rate in 1Q2014 was 34%.

The bank’s fully loaded CRR/CRD4 Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio was 11.1% as of 31 March 2015, approximately 60 bps down compared to 31 December 2014. Fully loaded CRR/CRD4 CET1 capital as of 31 March 2015 increased by EUR 1.8 billion to EUR 47.8 billion compared to the end of 4Q2014, mainly driven by foreign exchange movements. Fully loaded CRR/CRD4 risk-weighted assets (RWA) increased by EUR 37 billion to EUR 431 billion at the end of 1Q2015, versus the prior quarter reflecting movements in foreign exchange, increases in operational RWA and seasonal business growth in CB&S.

The CRR/CRD 4 leverage ratio on a fully loaded basis was 3.4% as of 31 March 2015. Leverage exposure was EUR 1,549 billion as of 31 March 2015, an increase of EUR 104 billion from 31 December 2014, which was almost entirely driven by foreign exchange movements.
In the quarter, the bank’s CRR/CRD4 capital and leverage ratios were negatively impacted by the recent ECB decision on the inclusion of interim profits and required deduction of dividends.

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Total assets were EUR 1,955 billion as of 31 March 2015, reflecting an increase of EUR 247 billion, or 14%, versus 31 December 2014, principally driven by movements in foreign exchange and increases in gross derivative mark-to-market values given the higher market volatility and activity levels in the quarter, Deutsche Bank reported.

Capital markets issuance: Over the course of 1Q2015 the bank issued debt securities totalling EUR 16.9 billion in the capital markets at an average spread of 49 over the relevant floating index (e.g. Libor) with an average tenor of 5.7 years. The Bank’s full year 2015 issuance plan is EUR 30 – 35 billion.

Liquidity reserves were EUR 203 billion as of 31 March 2015, 39% of which being in cash and cash equivalents primarily held at central banks.

CB&S net revenues increased by EUR 612 million, or 15%, to EUR 4.7 billion from EUR 4.0 billion compared to 1Q2014, driven by an improved market environment, increased market volatility and favourable foreign exchange movements. Net revenues included valuation adjustments including Credit Valuation Adjustment (CVA) relating to RWA mitigation efforts, Debt Valuation Adjustment (DVA) and Funding Valuation Adjustment (FVA) totalling a loss of EUR 226 million (1Q2014: a gain of EUR 3 million).

Debt Sales & Trading net revenues of EUR 2.6 billion were up EUR 208 million, or 9%, versus 1Q2014. Debt Sales & Trading net revenues included valuation adjustment items totaling a loss of EUR 208 million, including a FVA loss of EUR 193 million and a CVA loss of EUR 16 million relating to RWA mitigation efforts. This compares to a gain of EUR 43 million in 1Q2014.

Foreign Exchange revenues were significantly higher driven by increased client activity and higher market volatility. Revenues in Rates were higher driven by increased client activity notably in Europe. Flow Credit revenues were significantly higher than the prior year quarter and Emerging Markets revenues were higher driven by an improved market environment. Revenues in Distressed Products were significantly lower compared to a very strong first quarter in 2014. RMBS revenues decreased significantly due to challenging market conditions.

Equity Sales & Trading net revenues were EUR 1.0 billion in 1Q2015, an increase of EUR 242 million, or 31%, compared to last year first quarter. Prime Finance revenues were significantly higher compared to 1Q2014 driven by increased client balances. Revenues in Equity Derivatives increased due to a stronger performance in North America and Asia. Equity Trading revenues were also higher driven by increased revenues in Asia and Europe reflecting favourable market conditions and higher equity valuations.

Origination and Advisory net revenues of EUR 784 million in 1Q2015 increased by EUR 159 million, or 26%, compared to 1Q2014. Revenues in Advisory were significantly higher than 1Q2014 reflecting an increased fee pool. Equity and Debt Origination revenues were higher than the prior year quarter driven by strong deal flow.

CB&S provision for credit losses was EUR 37 million, versus EUR 16 million in 1Q2014, attributable to increased provisions in the shipping portfolio.

CB&S noninterest expenses of EUR 4.0 billion increased by EUR 1.4 billion, or 54%, compared to 1Q2014. The increase was driven by materially higher litigation costs, adverse foreign exchange movements and regulatory required expenditures. These increases offset the savings from OpEx and lower compensation costs.

CB&S income before income taxes of EUR 643 million decreased by EUR 796 million compared to last year first quarter.

PBC net revenues of EUR 2.5 billion increased by EUR 20 million, or 1%, compared to 1Q2014. Credit Product revenues grew by EUR 83 million, or 10%, compared to 1Q2014 reflecting higher loan volumes and improved loan margins, especially in Mortgages and Home Loan & Savings. This was accompanied by specific effects from successful contract alignments with business partners in Postbank and impacts related to updates of internal funding models in Private & Commercial Banking. Revenues from Investment & Insurance Products reached a quarterly record high since the financial crisis of EUR 406 million, an increase of EUR 57 million, or 16%, reflecting ongoing transaction growth in the security brokerage business. Deposit product revenues declined by EUR 63 million, or 8%, compared to 1Q2014 driven by the ongoing low interest rate environment in Europe. Net revenues from Postal and supplementary Postbank Services were down by EUR 43 million, or 41%, compared to 1Q2014 due to a new contract with Deutsche Post DHL. The decrease in net revenues from Payments, Cards & Account products of EUR 12 million, or 5%, compared to 1Q2014, was mainly driven by regulatory changes in payment and card fees. Revenues in the first quarter 2014 were positively impacted by a gain related to a business sale closed in prior period, while revenues in the first quarter 2015 benefited from higher revenues related to Postbank nonoperating activities as well as a higher contribution from Hua Xia Bank.

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PBC provision for credit losses of EUR 135 million declined by EUR 6 million or 4% from the first quarter 2014 level. Provision for credit losses remain at historically low levels, reflecting the quality of PBC’s loan book and a benign economic environment in Germany.

PBC noninterest expenses decreased by EUR 36 million, or 2%, to EUR 1.8 billion, compared to 1Q2014. Cost-to-achieve for OpEx and Postbank integration programs decreased by EUR 23 million, in line with the expected progress of these programs. Additionally, PBC continued to realize incremental savings from efficiency measures implemented under the OpEx program. These effects were partly offset by higher infrastructure expenses, mainly caused by regulatory requirements and establishment of new control functions.

PBC income before income taxes of EUR 536 million increased by EUR 61 million, or 13%, compared to 1Q2014.

Invested assets increased by EUR 11 billion compared to 31 December 2014 mainly due to market appreciation and slight inflows in securities.

GTB net revenues reached their highest ever level of EUR 1.1 billion and increased by EUR 114 million, or 11%, compared to 1Q2014, supported by favourable foreign exchange movements. The prior year quarter included a gain on sale of registrar services GmbH. In Trade Finance, growing volumes more than offset the impact from low interest rates and continued pressure on margins. Revenues in Securities Services benefited from strong volume growth mainly in the Asia Pacific region. In Cash Management, business activity also increased.

GTB provision for credit losses of EUR 15 million in 1Q2015 decreased by EUR 9 million compared to 1Q2014 reflecting lower provisions both in Trade Finance and in commercial banking acitivities in the Netherlands.

GTB noninterest expenses of EUR 709 million increased by EUR 71 million, or 11%, compared to 1Q2014, primarily driven by foreign exchange movements, higher expenses to comply with regulatory requirements and an increase in revenue-related expenses.

GTB income before income taxes of EUR 409 million increased by EUR 53 million, or 15%, compared to 1Q2014.

Deutsche AWM noninterest expenses of EUR 1.1 billion were up EUR 185 million, or 21%, compared to the prior year period. The increase was driven by higher policyholder benefits and claims, the impact of foreign exchange movements, higher revenue-driven costs and increased compensation costs mainly in respect of higher regulatory requirements and strategic hirings. This was partly offset by lower cost-to-achieve related to OpEx and lower litigation costs.

Deutsche AWM income before income taxes of EUR 291 million increased by EUR 125 million, or 75%, compared to first quarter 2014.

Invested assets were EUR 1.2 trillion as of 31 March 2015, an increase of EUR 120 billion versus 31 December 2014. This was mainly driven by foreign exchange movements of EUR 63 billion, market appreciation of EUR 46 billion and inflows of EUR 17 billion.

NCOU net revenues of EUR 336 million in 1Q2015 increased by EUR 273 million compared to 1Q2014 principally driven by a specific litigation recovery of EUR 219 million. Lower portfolio revenues following the sale of BHF-BANK and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas were broadly offset by the net effect arising from valuation adjustments and mark-to-market impacts. NCOU’s de-risking activity generated revenue gains of EUR 98 million compared to net gains of EUR 67 million in the same period in 2014.

NCOU provision for credit losses of EUR 28 million in 1Q2015 were EUR 39 million lower than in the prior year quarter driven by lower provisions taken against IAS 39 reclassified assets.

NCOU noninterest expenses increased by EUR 152 million, or 28%, compared to the previous year. The increase versus 1Q2014 was predominantly due to higher litigation costs, partially offset by the sale of BHF-BANK and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as well as the absence of an impairment in the prior year period.
NCOU loss before income taxes of EUR 381 million was EUR 160 million lower compared to the same quarter in 2014.

C&A loss before income taxes was EUR 18 million in 1Q2015, compared to a loss of EUR 216 million in the prior year quarter, predominantly attributable to valuation and timing differences from different accounting methods used for management reporting and IFRS, which showed a positive impact of EUR 324 million compared to negative EUR 134 million in the prior year quarter. In addition, FVA contributed a positive EUR 1 million in 1Q2015, in contrast with a negative effect of EUR 95 million in 1Q2014. This was partially offset by costs for bank levy of EUR 426 million, which will be allocated to the businesses over the course of the year reducing the impact in C&A to zero.


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